So I did what any good Anglican would do: I cracked open my BCP. :D
I was happy to find that I wasn't far off. Here's what the Book of Common Prayer (in the Catechism) has to say:
"What do we mean when we say that he descended to the dead?"
"We mean that he went to the departed and offered them also the benefits of redemption."and
"What is the communion of the saints?"
"The communion of the saints is the whole family of God, the living and the dead, those whom we love and those whom we hurt, bound together in Christ by sacrament, prayer, and praise."(Of course - and this is for you, Grandma - when it comes to "Invocation of the Saints", the 39 Articles says it is
". . . a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warrenty of Scripture". :D )All this, of course, is not to dump on anyone else's tradition. I just want to make sure that I know my own really well. Because if I say I believe it, I ought to really believe it, and I can't do that unless I know it!
I'm curious: if you're Anglican, do you find yourself going to the BCP when you're pondering over theological puzzles? And if you're not Anglican, where do you turn to see what your church believes? (other than the Bible, of course! That first, I imagine, for all of us.)
Peace of Christ to you,